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Barnes, Isaac Edmestone (1857–1930), land surveyor and businessman  

L. Alan Eyre

Barnes, Isaac Edmestone (1857–1930), land surveyor and businessman, was born on 2 June 1857 in Highholborn Street, Kingston, Jamaica, the eldest legitimate son of William Barnes (1832–1891) and his wife, Amelia, née Johnson (c.1834–1893), coffee planters of Kraal district in the mountains of ...

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Caldcleugh, Alexander (1795–1858), businessman and traveller  

Manuel Llorca-Jaña

Caldcleugh, Alexander (1795–1858), businessman and traveller, was born on 17 June 1795 in London (where he was baptized at St Olave's, Hart Street), the only son and fourth of five children of Alexander Caldcleugh (d. 1809), shipowner and merchant, of Broad Green, Croydon, Surrey...

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Gookin, Sir Vincent (d. 1638), colonist and entrepreneur  

Andrew Hadfield

Gookin, Sir Vincent (d. 1638), colonist and entrepreneur, was the youngest son of John Gookin, of Ripple Court, Kent, and Catherine, daughter of William Dene of Bursted, in the same county. Gookin settled in Ireland in the early seventeenth century, a tenant in fee simple to ...

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Greenup [née Ballard; other married name English], Mary Courthope (1789–1846), adventurer and businesswoman in Colombia  

Matthew Brown

Greenup [née Ballard; other married name English], Mary Courthope (1789–1846), adventurer and businesswoman in Colombia, was born in Faversham, Kent, on 22 March 1789, the second daughter in the family of three daughters and three sons of Joseph Ballard, a dock worker who later died a pauper in an asylum, and his wife, ...

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Howard [née Bollin; other married names Alpenny, Blanchard], Caroline Cadette (1821–1907), businesswoman and promoter of emigration and employment for women  

A. James Hammerton

Howard [née Bollin; other married names Alpenny, Blanchard], Caroline Cadette (1821–1907), businesswoman and promoter of emigration and employment for women, was born on 3 August 1821, in Richmond, Surrey, the third daughter in the family of six daughters and three sons of ...

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Koebel, William Henry (1872–1923), businessman and author  

Robert G. Greenhill

Koebel, William Henry (1872–1923), businessman and author, was born at 4 The Drive, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Kent, on 11 January 1872, the eldest son in the family of five sons and two daughters of Oscar Koebel (1835/6–1921) and his wife, Emma Elizabeth (...

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Lindsay, David (1856–1922), explorer and entrepreneur  

R. N. Rudmose Brown

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Lindsay, David (1856–1922), explorer and entrepreneur, was born at Goolwa, South Australia, on 20 June 1856, the younger son of John Scott Lindsay, master mariner, of Dundee and of Goolwa, and his wife, Catherine Reid. His father had gone to Australia two years before ...

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Mackenzie, Sir George Sutherland (1844–1910), explorer and businessman  

C. P. Lucas

revised by Colin Newbury

Mackenzie, Sir George Sutherland (1844–1910), explorer and businessman, was born at Bolarum, India, on 5 May 1844, the third son of Sir William Mackenzie, inspector-general of the Madras medical service, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Edmund Prendergast, of Ardfinnan Castle, co. Tipperary...

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Povey, Thomas (b. 1613/14, d. in or before 1705)  

Maker: John Michael Wright

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Thomas Povey (b. 1613/1414, d. in or before 1705) by John Michael Wright, 1658 National Trust Photographic Library

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Povey, Thomas (b. 1613/14, d. in or before 1705), colonial entrepreneur and administrator  

Barbara C. Murison

Povey, Thomas (b. 1613/14, d. in or before 1705), colonial entrepreneur and administrator, was the son of Justinian Povey (d. c.1652), auditor of the queen's revenue and auditor of the exchequer, and his second wife, Anne Keterick (d. 1657). One of a family of at least nine children, he seems originally to have been destined for the law and entered ...

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Rolfe, John (1585–1622), colonist and entrepreneur  

Robert S. Tilton

Rolfe, John (1585–1622), colonist and entrepreneur, was probably the man of that name born in 1585 and baptized on 3 May at Heacham, Norfolk, the son of John Rolfe (1562–1594) and Dorothea Mason, who had married in 1582. John the elder was the son of ...

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Rudd, Charles Dunell (1844–1916), businessman and associate of Cecil Rhodes  

Roger T. Stearn

Rudd, Charles Dunell (1844–1916), businessman and associate of Cecil Rhodes, was born, he claimed, at Hanworth Hall, Hanworth, Norfolk, on 22 October 1844, the third son and fourth child of Henry Rudd (b. 1808) of Sutton Hall, Surrey, a South Africa merchant, and his first wife, ...

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Rudd, Charles Dunell (1844–1916)  

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Stewart, William (1830–1916), medical practitioner and businessman in Paraguay  

Andrew Nickson

Stewart, William (1830–1916), medical practitioner and businessman in Paraguay, was born at Pitcairn, Grandtully, Perthshire, on 6 August 1830, the son of William Stewart (d. 1873) and his wife, Catherine, née Macfarlane. He attended school in London, then studied at Perth Academy...

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Swan, (Richard) Kenneth [Ken] (1919–2005), tour operator  

Anne Pimlott Baker

Swan, (Richard) Kenneth [Ken] (1919–2005), tour operator, was born on 3 April 1919 at 175 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, the only child of William Frederic Swan, founder of Swan's Travel Bureau, and his wife, Gladys, née Lumley. He was educated at the City of London School...

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Thorold, Sir Nathaniel, baronet (d. 1764), entrepreneur and adventurer  

Henry Thorold

Thorold, Sir Nathaniel, baronet (d. 1764), entrepreneur and adventurer, was the son of John Thorold and his wife Anne (née Alcock), of the Grantham branch of the family. He inherited Harmston Hall, Lincolnshire, quite unexpectedly in January 1738 following the death of his distant cousin ...